Our support

The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) provides researchers with the practical support they need to make clinical studies happen in the NHS. This support covers every stage of research, from set up to delivery.

We provide world-class health service infrastructure - research support staff such as clinical research nurses, and research support services such as pharmacy, pathology and radiology - to support organisations seeking to conduct clinical research in the NHS in England. Some of this research is funded by the NIHR, but most of it is funded by NHS non-commercial partners and industry. We also supported the set up and delivery of clinical research in the NHS through our study support service.

The Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management Specialty supports a national portfolio of structured research studies in anaesthesia and perioperative medicine as well as the management of acute and chronic pain.

We support researchers to deliver high quality studies to time and target in the NHS. We do this by engaging with the existing research community and developing the research infrastructure locally.

The portfolio of the Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management Specialty Group includes:

  • Studies on the development, use and effect of anaesthetics, including drugs and techniques for sedation
  • Studies on the non-surgical aspects of the perioperative management of patients undergoing surgical procedures
  • Studies on the management and treatment of acute and chronic pain
  • Studies on the organisation and delivery of services for the perioperative management of patients and the treatment of pain, including the impact of training staff
  • You can find out more about Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management studies in your area through the UK Clinical Trials Gateway.

National Anaesthesia Specialty Clinical Leads

Each of our 15 Local Clinical Research Networks has at least one nominated local Clinical Specialty Research Lead for Anaesthesia. These clinicians lead research groups to promote and support Anaesthesia research within the NHS Trusts in their area.

At a national level the local leads come together to manage the national Anaesthesia clinical research portfolio. This involves regularly reviewing the progress of studies, identifying barriers to recruitment, and coming up with solutions and strategies to help overcome those barriers. Our National Specialty Group of clinical experts offer advice and support to commercial and non-commercial customers looking to conduct research in the NHS.

Meet our National Specialty Group Members


Anaesthesia Specialty leaflet

The Anaesthesia Specialty leaflet gives an overview of the support we offer.

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Anaesthesia Specialty profile

The Anaesthesia Specialty profile gives an overview of our offer to the Life Science industry.

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